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I am an idiot with sensitive skin.

It took me years to figure this out, but I'm allergic to many common ingredients in soaps and lotions. If I stray away from using my approved short list of hypoallergenic soaps anywhere on my body, the most sensitive, NSFW, TMI part of my body suffers. My dumb clueless self recently used some body wash I'm allergic to. Help me figure out how to make everything normal again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2014 - 17 answers

drought down under

For some time now, I have been having increasing problems with vaginal and vulvar irritation and dryness. Anyone have any idea what this could be? I know YANMD and I should call mine, but I do all my gyno stuff through Planned Parenthood (I do have good insurance but I like them and I'm relatively comfortable there). They are closed for a couple of days, and will probably not be able to get me in for a couple of weeks. Many distracting and unpleasant details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Once bitten, twice shy...

I discovered 47 mysterious insect bites on my body last night. I am at a loss as to what they could be. Lots of snowflake details (and a photo!) inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Jan 20, 2014 - 16 answers

What bugs are bugging us?

Yesterday my partner and I drained and moved a 275 gallon water cistern that has been sitting stagnant, probably for several months. Shortly afterward she started getting itchy, raised red spots that look like some sort of insect bite. What may be causing this? What is the best strategy for eradicating it? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Oct 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Scritch Scratch

Fibro and itching? I'm itching like crazy lately. Is this also a type of nerve pain? I've ruled out allergies and Benadryl doesn't help. It doesn't seem to be dry skin and lotion doesn't help. No changes in detergent, etc and we use free and clear type stuff anyway. The only thing that helps (kinda) is a hot shower. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Aug 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Is this staph that I'm feelin'?

YANMD, but I'm trying to determine if I have a staph infection, or just a nasty bite. I've got a swollen, pinkish area on the back of my knee which has a tiny black scabby area in the center. [more inside]
posted by nohaybanda on Aug 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Genital area itching...help?

I itch in a kind of specific spot in my genital area, and at kind of specific times and I'm hoping someone can help me get some relief. [more inside]
posted by Heidelberg on Jul 30, 2013 - 15 answers

New cat makes me itchy, but not sneezy?

We got a new cat a few months ago, and I've noticed that I've been itching all over more and more, and I seem to be developing a rash on my arm, and possibly even some eczema on my ear. I didn't actually make the connection to the cat until this week, but the itching, etc, has been bothering me for a month or so, and I never had any of these symptoms prior to the cat. The thing is, I haven't had any kind of sneezing or sinus or runny nose problems at all, just the itching, and most descriptions of cat allergies describe mostly people having problems with sneezing and runny nose. Is it possible to just cause skin irritation in some people? Would Claritin or Allegra help with it? What else can I try?
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2013 - 10 answers

What is biting me?

Can you guess what's biting me? I've been getting a few extremely itchy red bumps, very much like mosquito bites, but they are not mosquito bites because they follow the pattern that chigger bites do: they're not on exposed parts of my skin, but instead under my clothing. It seems that something small is leaping onto me and then crawling until it finds itself confined by clothing, then settling down to bite. The bites aren't like chigger bites, though. [more inside]
posted by artistic verisimilitude on Mar 20, 2013 - 18 answers

How to cure subcutaneous itch/burn in my back?

How to cure subcutaneous itch/burn in my back? Yep, I've had it for years but it's worse and more frequent recently. Between the shoulder blades. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Mar 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Make. It. Stop.

Lady-filter: ladies, have you experienced formication (not fornication, alas) possibly due to perimenopause? If so, how did you treat it? Itching is making me crazy!! [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Oct 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Itchastitch

Has anyone ever had an itchy skin problem, with or without a medical diagnosis, seen a shrink about it when dermatology didn't seem to be helping much, and the shrink treatment helped? [more inside]
posted by whatdidyouforgettoday on May 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Exercise-induced pruritus?

Sometimes, right before I start to sweat, I experience a temporary but intense itching sensation, to the point where I'd describe it more as a painful pricking feeling. Does anyone else have or know of this problem? Copious but not excessive information after the jump. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Dec 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Married 5 years - why are my rings suddenly causing irritation?

Married 5 years - why are my rings suddenly causing irritation? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on Dec 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Ass Metafilter?

Asking on behalf of my husband. A kindy icky question about abraded bum, and suggestions on how to deal and hopefully heal. [more inside]
posted by Savannah on Dec 6, 2011 - 24 answers

How to stop itching while asleep?

I have a problem with itching at night. How can I stop itching when I'm not even awake? (warning, GonadFilter!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Help! My hand's a flake!

I have eczema all over my dominant hand, which is making some day to day tasks difficult. What are some ways of getting around this? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Nov 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Oh dear god my boobs itch.

Feral cat in laundry causes horrible under-boob rash: how do I get rid of this? [more inside]
posted by sarling on Jun 21, 2011 - 26 answers

Small itchy bumps on arms caused by being in Florida?

Small itchy bumps on arms caused by being in Florida? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on May 22, 2011 - 16 answers

OK to use expired anti-itch dog medicine?

Is it a good idea to use old neo-predef to help our dog stop scratching and licking at a pretty big hot spot? Or, any other ideas to give him some relief? While the hot spot is troubling him, I don't think it rises to the level of an emergency vet visit. [more inside]
posted by faustessa on May 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Is Itchiness a common reaction to gross images?

Phobias lead to itching - what's the deal with this? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Jul 31, 2010 - 11 answers

What's eating my husband?

My husband has bumps appearing on his arms after sleeping. What are these? [more inside]
posted by srrh on Jan 5, 2010 - 17 answers

My dog's really, really itchy, and my vet hasn't been much help.

My dog's really, really itchy, and my vet hasn't been much help. She's got bumps, sores, and the occasional scab on her underside. Allergy treatments haven't been much help (barring prednisone which isn't really a long-term solution) nor have special skin-treatment foods. And she doesn't have parasites, either. I'm kind of at a loss. [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Oct 18, 2009 - 23 answers

Help me de-hair down there

I need tips for how to shave (or otherwise make hairless) my male genital area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2009 - 23 answers

Am I overreacting to a yellow jacket sting?

Is this yellow jacket sting normal? I have a doctor's appointment for later today. I'm not sure if I'm overreacting. I know my histamine response is! Pics and [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 15, 2009 - 16 answers

I can has relief from chigger bites?

ChiggerFilter: On July 4th I walked through tall grass to my neighbor's house, and came home with dozens of chigger bites at my waist, all over my thighs (front and back), hips, and posterior. I think I'm allergic, because despite all treatments, they're still itching over three weeks later. How much longer can this misery last, and how do I prevent scarring besides the obvious "not scratching"? [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy on Jul 27, 2009 - 20 answers

Make my legs stop itching Oh God please

Why are my legs--especially calves--itching all the time? I know it's winter, so things are dry, but I moisturize religiously and it happens during the summer too. I've tried Bag Balm, Eucerin, body butters, shea butter, aloe, hydrocortisone, exfoliating, not exfoliating, Cetaphil, jojoba oil, cold showers, not using soap on them, not shaving, and not using stuff with cetyl alcohol in it. This has been going on for years now, getting steadily worse each year, and a dermatologist a while ago just told me to put on lotion. What next? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 18, 2009 - 32 answers

Help me fix my face after a weird skin reaction!

I had a sleep study done, and my face has broken out horribly where the electrodes had been glued on. I have never had any sort of reaction on my skin quite like this, so ... what do I do? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Mar 31, 2008 - 8 answers

I've got an itchy trigger finger and a runny nose

Why does the cold virus always make my index finger itch? [more inside]
posted by EL-O-ESS on Dec 13, 2007 - 10 answers

Allergic to the girlfriend?

Help me. I think I'm allergic to my girlfriend.... [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 11, 2007 - 25 answers

How to stop reoccuring yeast infections

I've had a yeast infection/yeast infection + bacterial vaginosis one to two weeks before my period for every month since December. I've read all the old AskMe threads and tried the home remedies on this page. I'm about ready to start scheduling a monthly appointment with the doctor to get my dose of antibiotics and buying Gynelotrimin wholesale (I'm allergic to Monistat). Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 - 27 answers

i am on fire. help.

gynfilter: i am itching and burning for no apparent reason. help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2007 - 11 answers

Am I allergic to water?!!!

Please help me with my itchy and painful skin after a shower - it's driving me crazy!! [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Sep 28, 2006 - 28 answers

It crawled out of where now?

Why is my anus suddenly itching relentlessly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2006 - 27 answers

Take it off! It burns us, it does!

I've been cursed with very dry skin. [more inside]
posted by koenie on Apr 18, 2006 - 39 answers

Itchy Gums

Why do my gums itch? [more inside]
posted by burhan on Jan 24, 2006 - 5 answers

Why do feet itch in summer and hands itch in winter?

Does anyone know what might make the tops of my feet itch in summer, and the backs of my hands itch in winter? [more inside]
posted by SharonC on Jan 3, 2006 - 4 answers

This is one case where dancing won't help.

ObscureMedicalFilter: Why do my feet itch when I do the dishes? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Dec 14, 2005 - 31 answers

Allergic to it all.

Allergic to this planet. [more inside]
posted by bitmage on Oct 13, 2005 - 16 answers

Delusional Itching Mites

Delusional Itching Mites... [more inside]
posted by lunkfish on Mar 4, 2005 - 10 answers

Eczema Treatment

Any experiences with using the medication Doxepin in treating the itching associated with eczema? [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Nov 20, 2004 - 6 answers

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